Morocco busts terror cell linked to IS

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CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - JUNE 20: View of Casablanca from the esplanade of the mosque Hassan II on June 20, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Moroccan security forces on Tuesday busted a cell linked to the Islamic State (IS) militant group and arrested four suspects aged between 22 and 28.

FILE PHOTO: Security forces on patrol in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images)

The cell was dismantled in the rural area of Sidi Zouine near the central city of Marrakech, said a statement by the Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations, Morocco’s intelligence bureau.

The cell’s members planned to attack vital establishments and security sites in the North African country, the statement said.

Initial investigation revealed that they were recruiting children to spread their destructive and subversive ideas, it said.

The leader of the cell was planning to join the camps of IS in the Sahel region, the statement said.

Police seized many bladed weapons, including a welding machine, 50 kg of ammonium nitrate, 3 kg of potassium sulphate, 4 boxes of suspicious chemical powders, electrical wires, as well as many other materials, it said.

The arrested will be brought to justice upon the completion of the investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office, the statement added.

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